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Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia

How much does it cost to travel to Katoomba?

You should plan to spend around $135 (AU$207) per day on your vacation in Katoomba. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $17 (AU$27) on meals
  • $50 (AU$76) on local transportation
  • $155 (AU$238) on hotels

A one week trip to Katoomba for two people costs, on average, $1,883 (AU$2,891). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Katoomba cost?

A one week trip to Katoomba usually costs around $942 (AU$1,446) for one person and $1,883 (AU$2,891) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Katoomba on average costs around $1,883 (AU$2,891) for one person and $3,766 (AU$5,783) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Katoomba will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Katoomba on average costs around $4,035 (AU$6,196) for one person and $8,070 (AU$12,391) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Katoomba has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Katoomba expensive to visit?

Prices in Katoomba are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, Katoomba is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Brisbane or Coffs Harbour.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Katoomba Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Katoomba?

The average Katoomba trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Katoomba travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) AU$238 ($155)
Local Transportation 1 AU$76 ($50)
Food 2 AU$27 ($17)
Entertainment 1 AU$82 ($53)
Accommodation Budget in Katoomba
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Katoomba is $78 (AU$119). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Katoomba is $155 (AU$238). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Katoomba

Looking for a hotel in Katoomba? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Katoomba based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $131. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Katoomba
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Katoomba is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $50 (AU$76) per person, per day, on local transportation in Katoomba.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Katoomba
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Rental Cars in Katoomba
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Food Budget in Katoomba
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Katoomba can vary, the average cost of food in Katoomba is $17 (AU$27) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Katoomba should cost around $6.94 (AU$11) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Katoomba is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Katoomba
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Katoomba typically cost an average of $53 (AU$82) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Katoomba On a Budget
Katoomba The Blue Mountains, Australia
Designated an UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000, the Blue Mountains are located just west of Sydney in the highlands of New South Wales, Australia.

This area can be generally expensive, but is on par with other destinations in Australia and around Sydney. Plenty of luxury places can be found here that cost more than average, but plenty of cheaper places to stay can be found here, too. Expect to pay for various activities such as tours and entrance fees, too.

The landscape is sprawling with majestic scenery over a rugged terrain of steep cliffs, forests, waterfalls, and villages. Whether you come to hike, climb, bike, or drive to the scenic viewpoints, a curtain of tranquility falls upon the mountains in a blue haze from which they get their name.
The most popular attraction lying within the mountains is Echo Point at Katoomba. A major lookout point, it offers spectacular views of Jamison Valley and the Three Sisters - an iconic rock formation of the Blue Mountains. There is also an information center here with displays about the environment of the area, as well as maps and souvenirs available for sale. Other popular lookouts include Govett's Leap with incredible views over the Grose Valley, and Gordon Falls which provides views of the large waterfall and surrounding forest. For a more leisurely way of sightseeing, Cliff Drive around Katoomba and Leura has many pull-offs for admiring the views.
Katoomba is the largest and most visited town of the Blue Mountains with access to Echo Point, Scenic World (railway and skyway), and plenty of shopping. It is a very laidback town with an artsy hippie population and examples of art deco architecture and shop fronts along the main street of the town. Leura, right next to Katoomba has quaint craft shops and boutique shopping, Wentworth Falls is mainly bush with some views and Bed & Breakfasts, Blackheath is a scenic mountain town surrounded by parks and scenic walks, and Mount Victoria is the highest point of the mountains. In the lower mountains, the most visited towns include Springwood and Glenbrook.

The Blue Mountains are a popular destination for rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and a number of other adventure sports. Popular climbing destinations include the Centennial Glen cliffs near Blackheath, Mount Victoria, Mount Piddington, and Mount Boyce, while mountain biking takes place on a number of trails just off of the Great Western Highway, some including Narrow Neck and Anderson's Fire Trail.

Many trails are also popular for hiking in the Blue Mountains, in addition to a number of other nature trails. Canyoning, too, is a fun activity for those seeking a different kind of adventure with a new perspective of the mountains from below.

Other worthwhile ventures include The Giant Stairway walking track which runs down a cliff and past the Three Sisters into the valley, as well as the Jenolan Caves. The Katoomba Scenic Railway is also popular as is the Scenic Skyway and Scenic Cableway, which all over transportation up and down the mountain. The Zig Zag Railway, a historic steam-powered railway near Lithgow is another fun attraction.

Plenty of activities here are also family-friendly. The Toy and Railway museum is just one option (in addition to all of the hiking options mentioned earlier). For more ideas, check out this guide to a family-friendly weekend trip to the Blue Mountains.

The Edge Cinema in Katoomba also offers IMAX movies, one of which is a documentary about the Blue Mountains which shows fairly regularly.
Food and Dining
You will have no trouble finding food in the Blue Mountains. With a wide selection of restaurants to choose from, one can expect a high standard of dining. Many cafes and restaurants are family-run, offering opportunities to meet the locals, while a number of restaurants and bars can also be found within the hotels that reside in and around the mountains. Sit back and enjoy an Australian wine and delicious native food while taking in the mountain views, or simply kick back with pizza for a cozy night inside amidst the chill of mountain air. Generally, there is a wide variety, and the best food options will be found in the towns of Katoomba, Springwood, and Leura.

By plane, the closest major airport is in Sydney which is served by a large number of international airlines. From the airport by car, one can take the M4 which turns into the Great Western Highway (A32), all the way to Katoomba in just under two hours. Be aware that city traffic will be high on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons, when most people travel for the weekend.

By train, CityRail trains run every hour or two to the Blue Mountains from Sydney Central. The train will get you to the mountains; however, you will need another mode of transportation once you get there. Most of the main towns in the mountains are linked by the rail line, from which the major tourist spots are walkable or reachable by local bus services.

There are also dozens of tour companies that operate one day tours to the Blue Mountains from Sydney some of which include AAT Kings and Gray Line for large buses, Activity Tours and Sydney Great Escapes for a guide and minibus experience, and Sydney Adventure Tours and Blue Mountains Eco Tours for a guided 4WD tour.

We've been gathering travel cost data from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of destinations around the world.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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